21 Halidon Street, Chania Venetian Harbour
At the entrance of the port of Chania is situated the Venetian Fortress Firkas, where on December 1st 1913, the Greek flag has been hoisted, sealing the union of Crete with the motherland Greece.
The Maritime Museum of Crete was founded in 1973 in order to accommodate and present Greek naval traditions, and especially those of Crete, which they constitute a part of the national glory. The Museum is the second maritime one in antiquity in Greece, after the Maritime Museum of Greece in Piraeus.
The exhibition is divided into 13 sections and covers two floors. Downstairs documents are exposed by the Union of Crete with Greece in 1913, while the first floor is dedicated to the Second World War to the present day and to the Battle of Crete. The permanent exhibition includes 2,500 exhibits such as relics, objects found in sea, paintings, maps, photographs, ship models, various nautical instruments etc.
Among the important exhibits of the museum is the room with the shells of all sizes and colors, the model of an Athenian trireme, the representation of the board of the ship of "Syros" that was designed by pictorial depictions on vases of that era, dioramas of the Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, models of ships that took part against the Turks, a model of the first submarine named "Dolphin" and more.
Do not forget to see the docks of the Venetian harbor, the representation of the Minoan ship "Minoa" of 16th-15th century BC that was launched in December 2003 and in 2004 made its maiden trip from Chania to Piraeus, accompanying the Olympic flame that was moved by the Athenian Trireme in the last part of the route, and boating events and celebrations of Naval Week.